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Blue and Red for Kent

 

 

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Blue and Red For KentHi everyone. I have a special post for you today. My friend Pish Posh Polish posted about her sister’s boyfriend who is a sweet 16 year old boy who very unexpectedly suffered a stroke. It was rather severe and he is currently trying to recover in a care facility. You can see Pish’s post and mani here. She started the hashtag #BlueandRedforKent and started pulling the nail community into it to raise awareness and for us to show our support for his friends and family. Of course I wanted to be part of it 🙂 Pish told everyone that his favourite colours are blue and red and that he loves music. I drew my inspiration for my mani from there. Let me show you what I came up with:Blue and Red for KentBlue and Red for KentBlue and Red for KentI started off with Revlon Calcium Gel Nail Hardener as a base coat to protect my nails.  On my index and middle nails I painted 2 coats of Emily de Molly Seeing Red (gift). MAN! I *needed* an excuse to use this polish again! On my ring and pinkie nails I painted 2 coats of Smudge Polish Navy Seal. Once that was dry I used PUEEN 47 and Pish Plashing Around to stamp the music notes on my middle nail. I used the same image and MPolish Scouting the Beach to stamp on my pinky nail. On my ring nail I used MPolish I Need a Vacation and BP-26 to stamp the awareness ribbons. Red awareness ribbons are used for those that suffer from strokes. I didn’t even know that. I thought that the red ribbons represent AIDS awareness, which is obviously quite prevalent in my country. You can see all the different colours of ribbons and their meanings here. On my index nail I used a Superman water decal I purchased from luckystarstyle. I thought it was rather fitting because Clark Kent and to represent how Kent is fighting to survive. I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite.

If you would like to stay up to date with Kent’s progress, you can find the Facebook page here. I wish Kent and his loved ones all the best with his recovery. My thoughts and prayers are with them every day.

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MoYou London Black Stamping Polish Review

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Hello! Today I have another review from We Heart Nail Art for you. We Heart Nail Art is an online store bringing imported brands to South African nail addicts. What I really love about this is that I can shop for these rather exclusive brands from the comfort of my chair. Goods are delivered via courier, so no waiting for your package to come through snail mail and possibly getting stuck at customs and then still having to pay more when it finally arrives in your mailbox. The owner, Shann, is also always on the lookout for new exciting products she can offer. If you’re a nail art lover like me, you *need* to visit this store on a regular basis!

Today I will be showing you MoYou London Black Stamping polish and how it performs. I have used both essence black stampy polish and Sinful Colors Black on Black for my black stamping in the past. For me stamping with the essence was hit or miss. Sometimes it just didn’t work, which is why I would default to Sinful Colors Black on Black, which is not very opaque when stamped, so I wasn’t completely happy with that either. Someone actually recommended the MoYou London black stamping polish from We Heart Nail Art, so I was keen to get it anyway, but it was included in my review package. How awesome is that?

I find that sometimes to get stamping to work properly you have to find the right combination of tools. Sometimes the polish works, but the stamper doesn’t. Or the plate doesn’t work with a certain stamper and polish. Specifically if I have a particular image I want to stamp I have to try several combinations to get it to work to my satisfaction. Sometimes the stamper needs priming, sometimes I need to switch polishes, but there is usually a combination that works. So for this review I decided to use 3 different plates from 3 different makers as well as 4 different stampers to show you how the stamping polish works with the different plates and stampers.
I chose an image PUEEN 30 to test with as it has very bold and thick lines that can sometimes be tricky. Let me show you how the polish fared with the different stampers and the PUEEN plate.

Born Pretty Store Squishy Stamper

Born Pretty Store Squishy Stamper

Creative Shop Stamper

Creative Shop Stamper

bornprettystore Firm Rectangular Stamper

bornprettystore Firm Rectangular Stamper

MoYou London Marshmallow Rectangular Stamper

MoYou London Marshmallow Rectangular Stamper

Here the Creative Shop stamper fared the best. The image is most complete on that stamper, with the bornprettystore squishy stamper coming in a close second. The next image was from a plate that I received as a gift. This plate is from bornprettystore. I chose this image because it has both bold and finer lines. The plate used for the images below is BP-L003.

bornprettystore Squishy Stamper

bornprettystore Squishy Stamper

Creative Shop Stamper

Creative Shop Stamper

bornprettystore Firm Rectangular Stamper

bornprettystore Firm Rectangular Stamper

MoYou London Marshmallow Rectangular Stamper

MoYou London Marshmallow Rectangular Stamper

Here the bornprettystore stamper came out tops again, but this time the firm stamper came in at second. The marshmallow stamper didn’t do very well here at all with lots of the image missing from the stamper. The next plate I chose is BM-S108. I chose this plate because it has very thin lines and these can be the hardest to pick up and stamp.

bornprettystore Squishy Stamper

bornprettystore Squishy Stamper

Creative Shop Squishy Stamper

Creative Shop Squishy Stamper

bornprettystore Firm Rectangular Stamper

bornprettystore Firm Rectangular Stamper

MoYou London Marshmallow Rectangular Stamper

MoYou London Marshmallow Rectangular Stamper

Again the bornprettystore stamper won this round, with the firm rectangular one from them came in second. The Creative Shop stamper has gaps in the image, but it isn’t the worst.

Looking at the photos it looks like the polish is less opaque on some of them, but the colour of the stamper can deceive you in this regard. This polish stamps like a BOSS. It can also be a bit difficult to clean up because it is so highly pigmented, but it is nothing some acetone and a light scrub with a nail brush can’t take care of. Of course, I created a mani to show you 🙂Color Club Cosmic Fate stamped with MoYou London Illusion 05 and MoYou London Black Stamping PolishColor Club Cosmic Fate stamped with MoYou London Illusion 05 and MoYou London Black Stamping PolishColor Club Cosmic Fate stamped with MoYou London Illusion 05 and MoYou London Black Stamping PolishColor Club Cosmic Fate stamped with MoYou London Illusion 05 and MoYou London Black Stamping PolishI started off with Revlon Calcium Gel Hardener as my base coat to protect my nails. I painted 2 coats of Color Club Cosmic Fate on all of my nails. Awww. This polish is so gorgeous!  Once that was dry I used MoYou London black stamping polish and MoYou London Illusion 05 to stamp on all of my nails. I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite. Such an easy mani!

Would I recommend this stamping polish? MOST definitely! I would not think twice about repurchasing this once I’ve worked my way through my bottle and I already want to pick up the white. We Heart Nail Art currently have the black, white and gold stamping polishes in their shop. They are priced at R100 each and in my opinion, TOTALLY worth it! Check out We Heart Nail Art’s shop and their other social media channels:

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Twin Nails with Ordinary Misfit

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Hi everyone! Today I want to show you twin nails that I’ve done with Ordinary Misfit. We have collaborated with each other before. We’ve exchanged guest posts and we’ve challenged each other to do nails by setting guidelines for each other, but this is our first twin mani! Both of us have been fortunate to have been able to lay our hands on some indies and we happened to have one in common, so it was the perfect choice. Let me show you what I came up with:KBShimmer Totally Tubular with China Glaze That's Shore Bright stamped with M Polish Pish Plashing AroundKBShimmer Totally Tubular with China Glaze That's Shore Bright stamped with M Polish Pish Plashing AroundKBShimmer Totally Tubular with China Glaze That's Shore Bright stamped with M Polish Pish Plashing AroundI started off with a base coat of Revlon Calcium Gel Nail Hardener to protect my nails. I painted 2 coats of China Glaze That’s Shore Bright on my index and pinkie nails. Formula wise That’s Shore Bright is my favourite from the Sunsational collection. I also adore the colour, obviously. Once these nails were dry I used M Polish Pish Plashing Around (gift) and the left hand image on PUEEN 36 to stamp onto them. On my middle, ring and thumb nails I painted 3 thin coats of KBShimmer Totally Tubular. Totally Tubular is a very bright teal crelly with fuchsia, blue and aqua glitter. There are some fuchsia circle glitters in there too, you can see one on my middle nail. Love! I really understand now what all the KBShimmer fuss is about. The formula on this polish was perfection. I could have gotten away with 2 coats, but I wanted to fish out a circle glitter for the top layer. I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite. Here are our manis together:imageI really loved this mani! What do you think? Be sure to pop onto Ordinary Misfit’s blog to read her post here.

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Another Car Mani

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Hi everyone! I have my last car mani to show you today. I took inspiration from the colour of my new car for this one. It is a metallic blue/silver colour. It is kind of a chameleon as it changes depending on the light. If the sun is bright it looks silver and if it is darker or overcast it is easier to see the blue. The nails you see below were filed by a professional. I decided to visit the beauty therapist at work and let her file my nails so I can watch her and perhaps learn what I am doing wrong. I asked her to make my nails squoval and she did. I also painted her Orly Bonder rubberized base coat on all my nails to protect them for the rest of the work day.  Let me show you the mani I came up with:

Color Club What A Drag Nubar AbsoluteI started off with Orly Bonder rubberized base coat to protect my natural nails. I painted 2 coats of Color Club What a Drag on all of my nails. What A Drag is a silver foil polish. It was a little sheer on the first coat, but perfect on the second. I painted 2 coats of Nubar Absolute over What a Drag. Absolute is a very sheer, light blue, scattered holographic polish. Even though I painted 2 coats, you can still see the silver quite clearly through the polish. It kind of looks like a metallic blue – just like my car! 😉 Once that was dry I used the small car image from PUEEN 38 and essence black stampy polish to stamp the car on my index nails. On the rest of my nails I used the right hand image on PUEEN 29 and Rubybox For the Chill of It to stamp the mirror image hearts. This represents my love for my new ride! I put a little bow rhinestone on the top of my car as they put a big ass bow on my car when I collected it. I requested a pink bow, but only had a clear bow rhinestone. Here’s a pic of me picking up my car:

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The person that took that pic edited it slightly, so the blue looks darker than it really is. Here’s another pic for reference:

Chevrolet Cruze 1.8 LS

See? Chameleon car! I’m really enjoying driving around! My husband and I are taking turns till the novelty wears off 😉 What do you guys think of this mani?

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Nails for Henry

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Hi everyone! Whenever I go to an event, I usually try to wear my nails to either match my outfit or the theme for the event. Unfortunately, the opportunity isn’t always joyous. In this case my dear brother (from another mother) lost his life partner to cancer. The year following his diagnosis was challenging for Boogaloo, but he stood by Henry and cared for him until the moment he took his last breath. The doctors did not think he would survive until Christmas,  but he held on until just after Easter when he was finally released from his suffering. I was fortunate to be able to take time off work in order to attend Henry’s funeral service, which took place on Friday, 10 April at a Catholic church where Henry and Boogaloo lived in Swellendam.

Rudi and I drove the 2.5 hours to get to there. As it was during the day the kids could stay by the day mother and it also afforded Rudi and I some time alone together. The service was lovely and Boogaloo added beautiful touches. Each guest was presented with a laminated pamphlet and a pack of tissues as they entered the church. The pamphlet explained the proceedings, contained the lyrics to the hymns that would be sung and had letters written by family and frienda published in it.  On the back cover was a description of the rare type of cancer Henry had.

After the service we went to Boogaloo’s house and spent some time with him. Before we realized it the day had slipped away from us and it had gotten too late to collect the children before bedtime. The day mother graciously agreed to take care of the children overnight. The trip unexpectedly turned into a mini getaway. We departed early the next morning to fetch the children.

The funeral was really a celebration of Henry’s life. In honour of Henry I painted my nails in one of his favourite colours. The last time I did my nails for a funeral I stuck to a much more traditional/darker palette. This is what I came up with:

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The blue used here is essence electriiiiic. This polish is lovely and almost a one coater. The rhinestones are from Born Pretty Store. My ring nail is double stamped with the left bottom image on PUEEN 47 using essence black stampy polish and Tip Top Armour Plate. Everything is sealed in with a coat of Seche Vite.

What do you think of these? Would you wear bright, bold nails to a funeral?

Boogs, our thoughts and prayers are with you and Henry’s family. May he rest in peace x

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Tip Top Milky Way

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Hi everyone! The nails I’m going to show you today might seem familiar, I created a similar look for my March Nail Anarchy challenge. I actually did this mani before that one and used completely different polishes. I didn’t actually love this one when I did it, but the challenge nails were awesome in my books. I considered this a bit of a fail and was going back and forth about posting it. I guess this post means I decided to put them up after all. LOL. This is also the last post with an outdated nail shape/length. Let me show you what this mani looked like.

Tip Top Milky Way and Cairuo Blue

I started off with my usual Tip Top base coat to protect my natural nails. On my index and middle nails I painted 2 coats of Tip Top Milky Way. Milky Way is a gorgeous white crelly with small blue, green, red and white hexes. It also has larger white and silver holographic hexes. You can spot one at the tip of my middle nail. On my ring and pinkie I painted 2 coats of the Cairuo polish pictured (gift). There is no other name on the bottle. On my ring nail I used the right hand image on PUEEN 48 and essence white stampy polish to stamp. I sealed it all in with a coat of Dashing Diva Top seal.

So many people that saw this mani didn’t like it. My husband said there was “too much going on”, but his opinion doesn’t carry much weight when it comes to my nails. My real life nail friend said she “doesn’t get it” and she LOVES blue. So I got really mixed reviews from a lot of other different people and I think this contributed to my hesitance to even post them. Sometimes though, you just gotta do YOU.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this mani in the comments!

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A Touch Of Gold

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Hi everyone! I have a look to share with you today that I wore to an event I was invited to. The dress code and theme for the event, which was a product launch, was ‘A touch of gold’. It made absolute sense to me to adorn my nails with gold since it played nicely on the phrase…gold, fingers, touch…see? The polish I used for this look is also aptly named Gold Finger. Let me show you what I came up with.

Maskcara Gold Finger, Hop Scotch with stamping

I started off with my regular Tip Top base coat to protect my natural nails. I painted 2 coats of Maskscara Gold Finger on all of my nails. Gold Finger is an amazing gold foil polish and I simply love it. On my index and pinkie nails I sponged on Foschini for Beauty Nails Hop Scotch (gift). Hop Scotch has a mix of different sized gold and black hex glitters as well as some black bar glitter suspended in a clear base. The base is quite thick and I sponged it on since blobbing and spreading it didn’t yield enough black glitter for me. On my middle and ring nails I stamped using Sinful Colors Black on Black and the left hand image on PUEEN 27 to stamp the hanging bows onto my nails. I sealed it all in with a coat of Dashing Diva Top Seal.

I really loved how these turned out. I also felt they really fitted the theme of the event very well. What do you think of this look? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

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Sombunny Loves You

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Hi everyone! I’m squeezing in another Easter look for you today. I suppose this can be my official Easter mani, even though I won’t technically be wearing it over the Easter weekend. I’ll be working both the Friday and the Monday of the long weekend, but I’m not going to complain about extra income at this stage of the game. It’s only half day and even though it is causing a bit of stress with regards to someone watching the kids if both my husband and I work…we’ll push through. You came here to see nails, didn’t you? Let’s get to it! You’ll notice that I did a chop and changed the shape again. I’m going through some stuff with regards to filing and shape, etc. I hope to settle into something soon and then things will be more consistent. There are also one or two older manis that I’ll put up as soon as I get my schedule sorted with much longer nails and the squovals I rocked for a week or so. That aside, I wanted to do better with my Easter manis this year (yeah, all 2 of them LOL) because I really hated two of the manis I did for Easter last year. If you wish to cringe with me, you can see them here and here. Let me show you what I came up with…

Easter Nail Art

I started off with my usual Tip Top base coat to protect my natural nails. I used China Glaze Lemon Fizz (yellow) with this unnamed/unbranded pink that you see in the photo and a sponge that I pulled out of a pill container to make a gradient on all my nails except my ring which I painted with 3 coats of Lemon Fizz. This pink has absolutely no name/brand or ANY information on it. I’ve never seen a bottle of polish with absolutely no indication of what it is. This was a gift from my aunt and I have no idea where she got it. It smells like my 3 free polish and the formula is good, so I’ll keep using it. I painted a coat of Dashing Diva Top Seal to dry the gradient more quickly. I got bubbles on my middle nail again. I’m starting to suspect the Dashing Diva is causing this, so I’m going to change it up for my next mani and see what happens. When the gradient was dry I stamped the bunny paw prints using PUEEN 40 and essence white stampy polish. I used Sinful Colors Snow Me White and my striping brush to paint the bunny’s head and ears on my ring nail over the Lemon Fizz. I filled in the ears  and dotted a nose with the same pink polish I used for the gradient and added googley eyes. I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite.

What do you think of these? Did I do better this year? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

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March Nail Anarchy Challenge

Hi everyone! VROOOOOOOOM! There goes March. WHAT?! Yup. There goes March. It is downhill to winter for us from here…and it is that time of the month. No, not “that” time. At least payday was on Wednesday, whoop whoop! Today I have the March installment of the Nail Anarchy challenges to show you. This month it was Sanita’s turn to choose our theme. I haven’t linked to her blog, cos there is nothing there yet. I doubt that is going to change anytime soon…since she is pregnant and having a BOY in June, she hasn’t been painting her nails since just before she found out she was pregnant. I wonder what will happen to her polish collection….Anyhoo…she picked “Blue” as her theme. This didn’t surprise me since she is a fan of blue everything. Here is what I came up with:

March Nail Anarchy Challenge

I started off with my usual Tip Top base coat to protect my natural nails. I painted 2 coats of Rubybox For The Chill of It on my index and middle nails. Once that was dry I stamped over it with the left hand image on PUEEN 45 using Essie Coat Azure. On my ring an pinkie nails I painted 2 coats of China Glaze It’s a Trap-eze. Stop! In the name of love! This polish has been on my lust list since I fell in love with polish and discovered China Glaze. I simply couldn’t get it from my China Glaze supplier, they told me it had been discontinued and they couldn’t order it anymore. I then noticed some of my nail blogging comrades managed to get their hands on it recently and I asked my supplier to try and source it for me…and they did! This polish was on the lust list for 2 years! Needless to say, it did not even touch the untried shelf. I painted it only my nails the day I got it. It was TOTALLY worth the wait! It did not disappoint me ONE BIT. The formula is great, it has a stupendous glitter pay off and isn’t it just beautiful? I could go on…but in the interest of brevity, I’ll leave it at that 😉 I sealed everything in with a coat of Dashing Diva Top Seal.

I would love to hear what you think of this mani in the comments 🙂 Check out the inlinkz below to see what the other ladies came up with 🙂

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Bridal Nails with the Hean Wedding Garden Collection – 637

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Hi everyone! It’s time for the next installment of the Bridal Nails series I’m doing with the Hean Wedding Garden collection. The lovely Gael from Glamore Cosmetics sent me two Hean polishes from the Wedding Garden collection to swatch for her. After swatching the first polish for their site I immediately ordered the rest of the collection and came up with the idea for this short series. The polish I’m showing today was also sent to me by Gael and it is another beauty. Just have a look:

Hean Wedding Collection 637

Hean Wedding Collection 637

Shown above is 4 coats of 637 over a base coat with no top coat. This polish is an off white jelly that has a very soft hint of pink and is jam packed full of silver holographic shimmer. The shimmer leaves the polish with a pearlescent finish which is oh so very bridal and reminds me of satin. As promised I did some nail art to compliment the polish. This is what I came up with:

Hean Wedding Collection 637 Stamped

Hean Wedding Collection 637 Stamped

I started off with my usual Tip Top base coat and added 4 coats of 637 for the swatches above. I used Sinful Colors Snow Me White and the bottom image of PUEEN 33 to stamp on all my nails except my ring which I stamped with the same image and Tip Top Armour Plate. Personally I prefer the white stamping over this polish as it stands out more. The silver kind of disappears in the strong shimmer of 637, but it is still visible and maybe an option if you want something “barely there”.

I really loved this mani. Regular readers of my blog know that I seldom push through to 4 coats with a polish unless I deem it totally worth it and in this case I really do. I still had visible nail line after 3 coats and even after 4, but it was opaque enough even for my fussy eye. You can see it if you look at the index nail on the swatch photos. The stamping obscured it completely too, so it really didn’t bother me in the least. I think these nails are absolutely perfect for a bride and I am so very happy to add this polish to my collection. I have nothing else like this.

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What do you think of this polish and nail art? Are you looking forward to seeing more of these posts? Please let me know in the comments below 🙂

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